Henry Darger Fellowship
March 25, 2010
The Henry Darger Study Center, established by the museum in 2000 to foster open inquiry and multidisciplinary research into the life and work of the self-taught artist, houses all four manuscripts and more than two dozen double-sided paintings, as well as approximately three thousand items from Darger’s archive of ephemera and source material. This effort received substantial encouragement from Nathan Lerner’s widow, Kiyoko Lerner. She generously donated to the museum Darger’s personal archive—including diaries, correspondence, notebooks, studies, tracings, photographs, books, and paper ephemera—and the manuscripts and typescripts of his vast literary works. This comprehensive collection is one of a kind in the world of the art of the self-taught and is the largest public collection of works by Darger; it is also the largest collection of work by a single artist in the museum’s holdings. As a result, the museum has become the most important institution for scholars interested in the work of Henry Darger.
The Henry Darger Study Center Fellowship
Every year, the museum receives countless requests for access to its Henry Darger Study Center. Committed to furthering the research on Darger and contemporary self-taught artists in general, the museum established the annual Henry Darger Study Center Fellowship in 2008, an initiative generously funded by Margaret Z. Robson. Each year, a fellow is selected to work closely with the museum’s staff to study the museum’s Darger collection in depth for four weeks in the summer and/or fall. Access to the library and permanent collection will aid the fellow in researching the artist’s manuscripts, artwork, and archive.
The 2010 Fellowship application is due April 30, 2010. Download the flyer.
2009 Fellows: Jaimy Mann and Kevin Miller
2008 Fellow: Mary Trent